SANTA CRUZ, CA >> The undefeated Redwood Rebels beat the Organic Panic 196-96 on Saturday night at the Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium in an exciting and physical bout. The Rebels uphold their 4-0 win streak and are guaranteed to play in the 2016 Home Team Championship in October.
The game started with an intense first few jams, with both teams exchanging the lead. By midway through the first half the Rebels found their defensive rhythm and held Panic jammers scoreless for eight jams before going into halftime with a hefty 104-39 lead.
The Panic came out of halftime with a renewed energy and secured lead jammer in the first few jams of the second half to chip away at the deficit, but it wasn’t enough to close the gap. The Rebels dominated and controlled the bout and closed out the game with a decisive win.
Rebel co-captain Adrian’s Revenge commended the Panic.
“We knew this was going to be a tough game after we squeaked out a win the last time we played them,” the Rebel co-captain said. “They have so many strong skaters and a deep jammer bench, they always make us take it up a notch and bring out our ‘A’ game.”
Saturday was an opportunity to not only watch veteran all-stars play, but also see some recently drafted home-team skaters. Newly drafted skaters for Redwood Rebels included seedlings Megan MeAngry (Megan Alpine) and Thea Avenger (Thea Serafin), and the return of Aubrey Rough (Alexandra Urbick). Organic Panic welcomed their latest sprout, Sin D. Savage (Tiffany Harris).
“It’s a rush to play at the Civic for our fans. Our teamwork tightens up and our hits are harder,” Panic co-captain Swoop Dogg (Jennipher Wood) said. “We’re taking this energy and already looking ahead to our next bout. We need to beat the Janes to help secure our place in the championship bout.”
After Saturday, the home team standings put the Redwood Rebels in the lead, 4-0, with the Steamer Janes at 1-2 and the Organic Panic 0-3. The Panic will take on the Janes on July 2 at the league’s practice facility in Scotts Valley as they compete for their spot in the Home Team Championship. Go to the Santa Cruz Derby Girls’ Facebook page for bout information.
Santa Cruz’s All Stars, the Boardwalk Bombshells — now ranked No. 26 in the Women’s Flat Track Derby Association — will take on Bay Area Derby’s Team Gold on July 16 at the Civic. Tickets are at santacruztickets.com.
• At halftime, Santa Cruz Fire Department’s Firefighter of the Year, Matt Haut, recognized the league for what it brings to the community and the derby girls anointed him with his own jersey and derby name — Haut Sauce #151.
• The night began with the derby girls honoring six founding league members who were critical in starting the league in 2009. Their numbers were retired.
**Article by Eileen Hill as printed in the Santa Cruz Sentinel**
**Photo Credit: Arne Dietrich ©2016**